The Barclays Center Cares Gala: Shining a Light on Brooklyn

September 2018. Brooklyn, NY, Liberty Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

On September 20, 2018, Empire had the privilege to serve as producer of the Barclays Center Cares’ gala Shining a Light on Brooklyn for the 2nd year.

Held again at The Liberty Warehouse, which is situated at Red Hook’s historic Pier 41, guests were treated to cocktails al fresco on the promenade with the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the downtown Manhattan skyline as their backdrop.

When it came time to signal guests to proceed to dinner, the Brooklyn United Drumline, comprised entirely of schoolkids, marched onto the promenade for a spirited performance before lining the stairs ascending to dinner.

FOX 5 NY’s Rosanna Scotto hosted the evening’s program, which included performances by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Dmitry Razumov, Chairman of the Board of Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

BSE Global CEO Brett Yormark honored Brooklyn community icons including Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming Showtime Networks, Inc.; Blue Marble organic ice cream; Ben Lovett, Co-founder & CEO of Communion Music and band member of Mumford & Sons; and National Grid, an electricity, natural gas & clean energy delivery company.

The evening ended with an after party DJ’ed by Jon Blak and featuring a green screen video flip book station and a Gif photo booth.

Barclays Center Cares connects all of the community efforts for the franchises affiliated with Barclays Center: the Brooklyn Nets, New York Islanders, Brooklyn Boxing, Brooklyn Hoops, Brooklyn Family and Brooklyn Show. Its mission is to develop sustainable community programs to improve the lives of kids and families in the areas of culinary arts, sports, sustainability and music education.

Barclays Center Cares supports more than 300 schools, food pantries, homeless shelters, health facilities and non-profit organizations. Every dollar that is donated to Barclays Center Cares goes directly to support programs helping New Yorkers in need.

Empire was proud to be selected by Barclays Center to support their work in the Brooklyn Community.

To learn more about Barclays Center Cares, visit

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